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Malini Awasthi sings in Purvang tradition

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Malini Awasthi, disciple of music doyen Girija Devi renders a folk song in Classical Purvang tradition. Presenting the music from eastern UP, Banaras gharana...

Tryst with a Ticket-checker on Indian rail

Along with the honour of being the world’s second largest Railway, the Indian Railway also has the distinction of having an abundance of starved TTEs (Travel Ticket Examiners).

Dressed in black, these lean fellows look bright and gay at the start of a journey, keeping both eyes open for prospect victims, in their kingdom for the night. As the night descends, and the train leaves the station, the gentleman in black is the most sought after person on the whole train. He struts through the coaches with a busy look, all the while assessing the number of potential feeders. ‘He is a jolly good fellow… he’s a jolly good fellow…, and so say all the travellers! They sing and dance to his tune, in hope of securing a sleeper berth for the night. More...

Call of the wild - R S Bhadoria, ex-chief conservator of forests of UP

Kanpur Zoo is his baby. R S Bhadoria, ex-chief conservator of forests of UP and founder-director of Kanpur Zoo freaks out on tales from the jungle. Lure of the wild is writ large on life’s canvas for him. As member of Zoo Designing Committee with Central Zoo Authority, he is a pioneer of sorts, designing enclosures and facilities for zoo animals and visitors. The zoological gardens at Kanpur, Chennai, Patna, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkota and Mumbai have gained from his deep insight. R. S. Bhadoria lives in tune with wild fauna. More...

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